Neil Coulson is an intellectual property lawyer, with a broad-based practice focused on dispute resolution and the exploitation of intellectual property rights, including advising on protection strategies and the full range of commercial agreements. Neil has worked in all key industry sectors, including (in particular) oil and gas, engineering, chemicals, electronics, and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and has represented clients asserting and defending their intellectual property rights before the UK Courts, as well as in patent matters before the UK and European Patent Offices, and in trademark and design matters before the UK IPO and the EUIPO. In transactional matters, Neil advises, in particular, on cross-border technology licensing issues, on standalone intellectual property agreements and on intellectual property in the context of corporate and commercial transactions. Neil also advises on matters related to data privacy, and has a particular niche in advertising and sponsorship matters.
Neil is recommended for patent litigation and intellectual property in Chambers UK (2014-2018), where he is described as having an "excellent reputation in the field" and being "adept across all core IP rights", with clients rating his "fantastic expertise" and finding him "engaging, prompt and intelligent." According to The Legal 500 (2014-2017), Neil "combines the rare mix of detailed legal knowledge, a practical, commercially minded approach and significant experience," is "intelligent, quick, charming and practical," and has the "perfect combination of legal expertise and commercial acumen." Neil is also ranked in the IAM Patent 1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2019), and recommended as a notable practitioner. He has been described as a "star litigator" and a "contentious whiz that consistently secures favorable results in complex fights in the oil and gas and electrical engineering sectors." Neil is also recognised for his "flawless professionalism coupled with perfect team management and client relations" as well as having "a particular talent for reaching deep into complex business issues and identifying the legal steps required."